Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Two Weeks till Deadline!

For the past two weeks, I have been running around like a headless chicken trying to get my work complete. It is now progressing and my hard work is pulling off; my upcycling is going well, I am now focusing more on milk jugs. I am still upcycling cups and saucers as they look really sweet, but milk jugs relate to my project of the milk round and milk much better. I have been using my doorsteps to create a new patterns on the tableware, and I have also been using quotes from my questions about milkmen from forums. This gives my work that extra authenticity and also to show that milkmen our apart of the British community! This week I have started to add my illustrations to the floral patterns that are existing on the tableware, make the flowers blend in more with my illustrations and also so the existing floral pattern doesn’t stand out as much.

My screen printing is going really well, I have made a few repeat patterns to be made into aprons and other things. My wall pieces are starting to come together using the digital print and appliqued milkmen looks lovely, and gives my textiles more depth.

I have also created my cup cosies from the digital print, and my prints. There are 5 cup cosies and they tell a story about Ernie the milkman, whose milk starts going missing and goes on a hunt to find the bandit.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience- Paul Cezanne
Yesterday I spent the day in local charity shops, collecting vintage tableware as I want to use up cycling pieces in my work. Up cycling is taking discarded items which would normally end up in a land fill and finding a new use for them. It’s a very exciting turn in my work; I am going to apply my doorsteps to the pieces to create a whole new piece.  I have chosen pieces with bits of pattern already on them as I want to integrate the old pattern with the new. I really love the idea of up cycling, as another man trash is another man treasure. Up cycling can be linked in to my theme of saving milkmen as it is known that milk man were the first recyclers as you ‘rinse and return’ your glass milk bottles.  I have been mainly looking for china that has been made in England, because I want to support English industry, as I don’t think that we make any pottery or very little pottery in the UK, and like milkmen, the industry is dying out. Tomorrow is a very busy and exciting day, as I am adding my designs to the china and also screen printing!


Very excited to work with this pieces!